When Do I Settle My Work Injury Case?

You do not want to settle your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case until you have completed your medical treatment.  

This means having your surgery, injections, physical therapy and being released from the doctor.

The reason is that settling the case leaves any future medical treatment and bills as your responsibility. 

You want to avoid this and have your insurance company pay all bills.

You also want to know if your doctor will release you to return to work full duty, or if you will have any permanent restrictions.

The value of the case depends on any restrictions you may have and what medical treatment you received.

Once treatment is completed you should return to work for several weeks to see how your body responds, and whether you will need to return to the doctor for any further evaluation.

You should then come up with a plan to negotiate with the insurance company. What amount of money are you going to demand?

You should seek the advice of an experienced Illinois Work Injury attorney to guide you in your negotiations.

Remember in Illinois there is no attorney fee charge until you recover payment from the Workers’ Compensation insurance company.

Questions about your work injury case? Feel free to call Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Make Sure to Settle Your Work Comp Case at the Right time

As the song goes: know when to hold em, know when to fold em.

In in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases most settlements range from $2,000 to $100,000.

There are typically few large payouts because the law is written to keep costs and awards down.

Some people who have little or no knowledge of the system will tell you that you should get $300,000 to millions of dollars.

Not going to happen. The highest Illinois Work Injury settlement I have seen is $500,000. And that is very rare.

I have seen some injured workers overplay their hand and walk away with nothing.

So make sure to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case.

Many work comp insurance companies will attempt to take advantage of the injured worker.

It may be better to get money in your pocket and walk away, versus risking it all in a trial and lose the offer you have in hand.

You can see an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer who will be able to tell you what to expect and whether the offer of the insurance company is fair considering all the circumstances.

An experienced Illinois Work Injury attorney will help you get the fairest offer available.

This will be much better than listening to some co-worker or relative who does not understand the process.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371. There is no cost to discuss your case.

What to Expect from Your Illinois Work Injury Case

If you are injured at work in Illinois, the workers’ compensation insurance company is required to pay you benefits as set forth in the law.

This includes payment of related medical bills for exams, MRIs, Xrays, injections, medications, surgeries, or physical therapy.

You are entitled to 66 percent of your wages for the time the doctor has you off work.

Once your injury treatment is over you are entitled to a settlement based on your injury, the treatment required, and any restrictions you may have.

Many insurance companies will fail to either to pay for your medical bills, or stop off work payments, or not pay you a settlement.

If this happens make sure to call a lawyer right away.

Questions about what is happening with your work injury? Make sure to contact Illinois Work Comp lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.